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Unfair challenge on Carl Finnigan by Garry Hay results in a free kick. Garry Hay is shown a yellow card. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.
David McCracken gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Racchi. Danny Racchi restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Shiels by Carl Finnigan. Dean Shiels produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Peter Enckelman.
The ball is crossed by James Fowler, David MacKay gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Dean Shiels from the left by-line, Manuel Pascali has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Matthew Kennedy fouled by Kevin Moon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Liam Kelly.
Foul by Kevin Moon on Danny Racchi, free kick awarded. Danny Racchi takes the direct free kick.
Paul Heffernan is caught offside. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
David McCracken challenges Dean Shiels unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Shiels takes the free kick.
Murray Davidson fouled by Manuel Pascali, the ref awards a free kick. David MacKay restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Kennedy, Shot from just outside the box by Danny Racchi misses to the left of the target.
(St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Kevin Moon coming on for Francisco Sandaza.
Alan Maybury replaces Callum Davidson.
Garry Hay delivers the ball,
Matthew Kennedy on for Gary Harkins.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Danny Racchi, clearance made by Callum Davidson.
Carl Finnigan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Millar.
David Silva fouled by Murray Davidson, the ref awards a free kick. Murray Davidson goes into the referee's book. Strike on goal comes in from Danny Racchi from the free kick.
Liam Kelly takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman. Corner from the left by-line taken by Dean Shiels, clearance made by Francisco Sandaza.
The ball is sent over by James Dayton, Callum Davidson makes a clearance. David Silva replaces James Dayton. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels, clearance made by Murray Davidson.
Garry Hay produces a cross, save by Peter Enckelman.
Inswinging corner taken by Dean Shiels, Callum Davidson makes a clearance.
Centre by Dean Shiels, Paul Heffernan takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save. James Dayton decides to take the corner short.
Effort on goal by Dean Shiels from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Francisco Sandaza takes a shot. Blocked by James Fowler. Corner taken by Liam Craig, Unfair challenge on James Dayton by Chris Millar results in a free kick. Cameron Bell takes the direct free kick.
Liam Craig fouled by Dean Shiels, the ref awards a free kick. Callum Davidson takes the free kick.
Shot by Liam Kelly went over the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Shiels by Chris Millar. Free kick taken by Garry Hay.
Drilled right-footed shot by Marcus Haber. Save made by Cameron Bell.
Dean Shiels delivers the ball, Steven Anderson manages to make a clearance.
Liam Craig takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Kelly. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig, Gary Harkins manages to make a clearance.
Marcus Haber takes a shot.
Dean Shiels is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Peter Enckelman.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig, Francisco Sandaza finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. St Johnstone 2-0 Kilmarnock.Liam Craig provided the assist for the goal.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Paul Heffernan. Peter Enckelman takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Liam Kelly by Francisco Sandaza results in a free kick. James Fowler restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Liam Kelly by Murray Davidson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by James Dayton.
David McCracken gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mohamadou Sissoko. Mohamadou Sissoko restarts play with the free kick.
Callum Davidson crosses the ball.
The ball is crossed by Chris Millar, Danny Racchi manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Liam Craig from the right by-line, save by Cameron Bell.
Jody Morris produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Craig by James Dayton. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Liam Craig.
Effort from 18 yards by Francisco Sandaza.
Jody Morris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Shiels. Free kick taken by Dean Shiels.
Centre by Francisco Sandaza.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by James Dayton from the right by-line, Header by Manuel Pascali from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Dean Shiels, clearance by Liam Craig.
Liam Kelly takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Callum Davidson produces a cross, Cameron Bell makes a save.
Marcus Haber fouled by Mohamadou Sissoko, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Callum Davidson from right channel, Liam Kelly makes a clearance.
Liam Kelly takes a shot. Save by Peter Enckelman.
Unfair challenge on James Dayton by Murray Davidson results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Dean Shiels, Murray Davidson makes a clearance.
James Dayton takes a shot. David McCracken gets a block in.
Danny Racchi has an effort at goal from outside the box hitting the post.
David MacKay takes a shot. Danny Racchi gets a block in. A goal is scored by Francisco Sandaza from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. St Johnstone 1-0 Kilmarnock.
Liam Craig takes a shot. Cameron Bell makes a save. The ball is swung over by David MacKay, clearance made by Manuel Pascali. (Kilmarnock) makes a substitution, with Danny Racchi coming on for Rory McKeown. Jody Morris takes a short corner.
Corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels from the left by-line, save made by Peter Enckelman.
The ball is crossed by David MacKay.
Jody Morris is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
Centre by Chris Millar, Rory McKeown manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jody Morris, clearance made by Liam Kelly.
Francisco Sandaza takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Bell.
James Fowler delivers the ball, Peter Enckelman makes a save.
Murray Davidson takes a shot. Cameron Bell makes a save.
The offside flag is raised against Marcus Haber. Mohamadou Sissoko takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Francisco Sandaza on Liam Kelly. Mohamadou Sissoko restarts play with the free kick.
Liam Craig fouled by Gary Harkins, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Anderson.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Paul Heffernan from the left by-line, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Anderson by Mohamadou Sissoko. Peter Enckelman restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by James Fowler, Steven Anderson makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Dean Shiels, save by Peter Enckelman.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcus Haber by Gary Harkins. Liam Craig crosses the ball in from the free kick, Gary Harkins makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Rory McKeown, save by Peter Enckelman.
James Dayton delivers the ball, blocked by Callum Davidson. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by James Dayton from the right by-line.
Lomas looks for home comforts
St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas has called on his players to reward their home support as the Perth side look to reproduce their away form against Kilmarnock.
Saints have only lost one game away from home, against Hibernian, and only conceded two goals in the other nine fixtures on the road.
But they have conceded 15 at home in the SPL and lost their most recent three matches at McDiarmid Park, against Motherwell, Aberdeen and Celtic.
St Johnstone got back to winning ways with a 3-0 win over Dunfermline at East End Park on Christmas Eve, and Lomas wants his players to take control against Kenny Shiels' Kilmarnock side.
"We have got to produce something," Lomas said.
"Our away supporters were fantastic at Dunfermline, apparently we had about 700 there.
"They gave us great support and the players responded to it.
"It's going to be a tough game. Kenny has got them going well. We have got to be up for it and take the game to them."
Frazer Wright and Cillian Sheridan remain out for St Johnstone with thigh and hamstring injuries respectively that are expected to keep them out until the new year.
But midfielder David Robertson is pushing for a recall after missing the win at Dunfermline with the effects of concussion.
Shiels insists Kilmarnock will take on a St Johnstone side who have every chance of hanging on to fourth place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League this season.
The triumph at Dunfermline on Saturday kept Lomas' unfancied Saints behind the Old Firm and Motherwell, whom they trail by five points although the Fir Park side have a game in hand.
Killie boss Shiels, preparing for the trip to Perth, believes the McDiarmid Park squad is good enough to remain there until the end of the campaign.
"They are in fourth place and I'm not surprised," Shiels told Press Association Sport.
"They have a stronger squad than Motherwell, in terms of strength in depth, and they have all their big players back.
"They invested in the summer for a top-six place and have good strikers in Cillian Sheridan, Francisco Sandaza, Marcus Haber and Carl Finnigan.
"They have Murray Davidson, (Jody) Morris, (Chris) Millar, (Kevin) Moon and (Liam) Craig in midfield and (Frazer) Wright, (David) Mackay, (David) McCracken in defence, all of whom are quality defenders.
"So I am not surprised that they are in fourth place and they could stay there.
"We know the qualities they have and we know how difficult it is going to be to get something out of the game."
Shiels will choose from the same squad for the clash.
Midfielder Dean Shiels has shrugged off the ankle complaint that almost kept him out of the 2-1 defeat by Celtic at Parkhead on Saturday.
Danny Racchi is pushing for a starting place after his fine goal against the Hoops after coming on as substitute.
Sandaza at the double
Francisco Sandaza's opportunistic double moved St Johnstone to within two points of third-placed Motherwell in the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League as they beat Kilmarnock 2-0.
The in-form Spaniard took his tally for the season to 12 in 16 starts with two first-half strikes at McDiarmid Park.
With Motherwell inactive after their match against Dunfermline was called off due to wind damage at Fir Park, St Johnstone closed the gap with a clinical win.
Steve Lomas's side also ended a miserable run of home results having lost their previous three matches at McDiarmid Park.
The strong wind made conditions far from ideal, but Kilmarnock's James Dayton used it to his advantage with a curling corner that had St Johnstone goalkeeper Peter Enckelman flapping.
The visitors made the early running and Gary Harkins was unlucky with a drive that was deflected over the bar by Steven Anderson on 10 minutes.
Paul Heffernan was next to have a go for Kilmarnock, taking a pass from Dean Shiels and stinging Enckelman's palms with a vicious drive.
St Johnstone struggled to break Kilmarnock down but Sandaza created space for himself and tested Cammy Bell with a low shot after 17 minutes.
Manuel Pascali then produced a brilliant tackle to deny Sandaza after great wing play from Chris Millar.
The home side had found their rhythm and Liam Craig's long-range drive was batted away by Bell midway through the first half.
Kilmarnock were then forced into a change when Rory McKeown limped off injured on 24 minutes. Danny Racchi replaced him.
Within seconds, St Johnstone were ahead. Jody Morris's corner was met by Dave Mackay, whose shot was blocked on the line by Liam Kelly, but Sandaza buried the rebound.
It was perhaps harsh on Kilmarnock but they almost equalised on 30 minutes when Racchi's long-range drive was tipped onto the post by Enckelman.
Kilmarnock also had a strong penalty claim turned down when Dayton's shot appeared to be blocked by David McCracken's arm.
But St Johnstone doubled their advantage of the stroke of half-time when Sandaza powered home Liam Craig's corner from close range.
St Johnstone had the first chance of the second half when Haber raced down the right and smashed a shot off the outside of the post.
Millar's 20-yard drive was then deflected wide by Pascali as the home side tried to kill the game.
Haber's pace was too much for Kilmarnock and James Fowler was forced to clear off the line on 55 minutes after Bell parried the Canadian's shot.
Kilmarnock were getting little joy but Shiels slashed a shot wildly over the bar after a McCracken slip.
Heffernan was then denied by a brilliant Enckelman save in the 63rd minute, the Finn tipping his volley over the bar.
Enckelman also punched Liam Kelly's dipping volley to safety as Kilmarnock upped the pressure.
St Johnstone's Millar was forced off through injury after 73 minutes as Carl Finnigan entered the fray.
Two-goal hero Sandaza was taken off to a standing ovation before the end as St Johnstone easily saw out the game.
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